Step-by-step Cumulative Update SharePoint 2013

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Step-by-step Cumulative Update SharePoint 2013

DYUNG NGO July 6, 2015

The first time is always the hardest (and most stressful). I remember the first time I patched a multiple server SharePoint environment for a user base of over 500 users with the Cumulative Update SharePoint 2013 – I was petrified. I researched long and hard but could only find bits and pieces and reached a good level of confidence but a level of nervousness remained.

This post is for the guy who has been asked to update a farm environment for the first time (and probably during a late night session … alone). The following details step-by-step the process of installing the SharePoint Server Cumulative Update (September 2014) including the pre-requisite SharePoint Server 2013 Service Pack 1.

The following is a check list of things to get ready beforehand:

  1. Complete enterprise Change Request requirements including ensuring Server Administrator resources are available during the change window to restore server backups
  2. Schedule server backups prior to the change request

Part 1: SharePoint 2013 Service Pack 1 Installation Process

  1. Log in as the SharePoint Farm service account
  2. Download SharePoint Server 2013 Service Pack 1 binary via https://support.microsoft.com/kb/2880552
    • officeserversp2013-kb2880552-fullfile-x64-en-us.exe
  3. Run the powershell script detailed at the end of this post (as per MSDN blog:https://blogs.msdn.com/b/russmax/archive/2013/04/01/why-sharepoint-2013-cumulative-update-takes-5-hours-to-install.aspx)
    • Ensure patch.ps1 and above binaries are in the same directory
  4. Ensure search content crawls are disabled (Idle)
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  1. Execute patch.ps1 script on all SharePoint application and web front end servers (as this is a binary update, the updates on the servers can be done concurrently)
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    This may take a while…(up to 20 minutes)
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    Complete…
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  2. Repeat until installation of binaries above complete on all servers
  3. Run the SharePoint 2013 Products Configuration Wizard (in the following order)
    • Application Server
    • Web Front End

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    Click Next>
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    Click Next>
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    Click Yes>
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    Click Next>
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    This may take a while…(up to 50 minutes per server)
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    Complete…

  4. Verify Build Number in Upgrade and Migration under Check product and patch installation status in Central Administration
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  5. Verify Upgrade Status in Upgrade and Migration under Check upgrade status in Central Administration
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Part 2: Cumulative Update SharePoint 2013 – Installation Process

  1. Log in as the SharePoint Farm service account
  2. Download SharePoint Server 2013 Cumulative Update September 2014 binary viahttps://support2.microsoft.com/kb/2883068
    • 478311_intl_x64_zip.exe, 478312_intl_x64_zip.exe
    • 478313_intl_x64_zip.exe
  3. Run the powershell script detailed at the end of this post (as per MSDN blog:https://blogs.msdn.com/b/russmax/archive/2013/04/01/why-sharepoint-2013-cumulative-update-takes-5-hours-to-install.aspx)
    • Ensure patch.ps1 and above binaries are in the same directory
  4. Ensure search content crawls are disabled (Idle)
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  5. Execute patch.ps1 script on all SharePoint application and web front end servers (as this is a binary update, the updates on the servers can be done concurrently)
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    This may take a few minutes…
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    This may take a while…(up to 25 minutes)
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    Complete…
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  6. Repeat until installation of binaries above complete on all servers
  7. Run the SharePoint 2013 Products Configuration Wizard (in the following order)
    • Application Servers
    • Web Frond End Servers

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    Click Next>
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    Click Yes>
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    Click Next>
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    This may take a while…(up to 50 minutes per server)
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  8. Verify Build Number in Upgrade and Migration under Check product and patch installation status in Central Administration
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  9. Verify Upgrade Status in Upgrade and Migration under Check upgrade status in Central Administration
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